Thompson returns as Turnbull takes captaincy

London Scottish full-back Jim Thompson will return to the Scotland 7s squad this weekend as they travel to Lyon for a Rugby World Cup 7s warm-up tournament.

Andrew TurnbullAs well as bringing in the former Edinburgh and Scotland A back, head coach Stephen Gemmell welcomes Edinburgh Accies forwards Nyle Godsmark and Callum Reid into the fray and hands the captaincy to the country’s top try scorer, Andrew Turnbull.

The remainder of the squad is made up of full-time professionals and elite development players.

It has been confirmed this week that Alex Glashan and Chris Dean, who will been travelling to France, and Neil Herron will be the three Scotland 7s elite development players for season 2013/14. Rory Hughes moves to Glasgow Warriors and Lewis and Gregor Young become full-time players.

Gemmell said: “This tournament is important for us in respect of our Rugby World Cup 7s preparations and to give individuals who didn’t have as much involvement with the last two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series a chance to stake their claim.

“Jim [Thompson] is someone who has been involved before and we’re delighted that London Scottish have released him to help our preparations.

“Callum [Reid] and Nyle [Godsmark] played well last weekend at the GB7s in Wales and we said all along we’d offer this opportunity to the best two performing forwards in that competition.

“I’m also looking forward to seeing how Lewis [Young] copes on an international stage. He has continued to train well since, just missing out on selection for Glasgow and London.

Scotland 7s will play France (11.06am), Germany (12.54pm), Portugal (4.10pm) and Italy (5.58pm) on Saturday (8 June), day one of the FIRA-AER event. They will then conclude their group campaign against Russia at 11.06am on Sunday (9 June) before moving into the knock-out stages. All times are local, so one hour ahead of BST.

Gemmell continued: “There are a number of teams in our group that we know well, France, Portugal and Russia and who we’ve played a number of times this season. Then you add in Italy and Germany who we played last year. It’ll be a tough group.

“I speak about this a lot but we will continue to strive to deliver consistent performances in this competition. Also with more games in this event we will utilise the entire squad, keeping them fit and fresh.”

Scotland 7s to play in FIRA-AER tournament on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2013 at the Matmut Stadium in Lyon: Joe Nayacavou (Royal Scots), Chris Dean (Scotland 7s EDP), Michael Maltman (Scotland 7s), Nyle Godsmark (Edinburgh Accies), Callum Reid (Edinburgh Accies), Lewis Young (Scotland 7s), Alex Glashan (Scotland 7s EDP), Jim Thompson (London Scottish), Mark Robertson (Scotland 7s), Andrew Turnbull (captain) (Scotland 7s), James Fleming (Scotland 7s) and James Johnstone (Scotland 7s).

Scottish Thistles will also play their second tournament this weekend at Meggetland in Edinburgh. The Scots will play Olorun Marauders (10.45am), HFW Wailers (1.11pm) and Irish Exiles (2.25pm) in their group. Graham Shiel has named his side.

Scottish Thistles to play in the Edinburgh leg of the GB7s at Meggetland: Ross Miller (Glasgow Hawks), Richard Mill (Melrose), A N Other, Glen Bryce (unattached), Chris Scott (Watsonians), Darren Clapperton (Selkirk), Martin Cruickshank (Peebles), Andrew Skeen (captain) (Melrose), Peter Jericevich (Ayr), Liam Steele (Stewart’s-Melville FP), William Wardlaw (Aberdeen Grammar) and Euan McKean (Glasgow University).